Student Publication
Students who go on to major or minor in an English degree at Dakota Wesleyan University are encouraged to work on the campus literary magazine, Prairie Winds.

Prairie Winds
Prairie Winds, a showcase publication, is the literary journal for Dakota Wesleyan University. Circulated nationally, listed in the International Directory of Little Magazines and Small Presses, and housed in the English department, the journal is managed entirely by student volunteers.

Writers submit to its pages from every state in the union, and fiction and poetry often come winging in from overseas. Most importantly, Prairie Winds is the voice for students. Poets, fiction writers, photographers, artists and playwrights from among the DWU student body can submit their work.

A little history...
“Prairie Winds” has roots going back to the 1930s, when students printed essays, fiction and poetry in the former student newspaper, the Phreno Cosmian. Some of these writings also found their way into the old yearbook, "The Tumbleweed," and later the “Blue and White Book” and the “Quill.”


In 1946, members of the English Club created a writer’s magazine which included mostly each other’s works. Then, under the leadership and guidance of club president Douglas Berry, vice president Donna Comstock, and later instructor Agnes Hyde, they launched a quarterly magazine. The first issue printed in April 1947, stenciled, with pages held together by metal clasps, and sold for 25 cents.


In the 1950s the magazine, under the guidance of professors J. Leonard Jennewein and Calvin Israel, was illustrated by student artists and professionally printed. In the 1980s, under the instruction of English professor Joseph M. Ditta, the magazine began reaching out across campus as well as off campus for submissions.


Prairie Winds now prints annually, edited by students and advised by English professor Dr. Barbara Duffey. The magazine still seeks submissions on and off campus, from poetry to fiction to essays to photography, and black and white art.

Prairie Winds is an annual literary journal funded by the Dakota Wesleyan University English Department.


Spring 2012

Spring 2011

Spring 2010

* Issues will be archived online beginning with the Spring 2010 issue.

Prairie WindsManuscripts may be sent to Prairie Winds, Dakota Wesleyan University, 1200 West University Avenue, Box 536, Mitchell, SD 57301. All Manuscripts must be typed and accompanied by a self-addressed stamped envelope. Along with your submission, please include a short biography and email address, if applicable.

Prairie Winds welcomes poetry, essay, and photography that are singly submitted. Each volume of Prairie Winds is available at: Prairie Winds, c/o DWU, 1200 West University Ave., Mitchell, SD, 57301. 

Copyright© 2010-2012 Prairie Winds. All rights revert to author upon publication.

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